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Thomas Epting & Steven Snyder Recognized by IP Stars

Thomas Epting & Steven Snyder Recognized by IP Stars

March 30, 2017

Greenville, S.C. – Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP attorneys Thomas W. Epting and Steven T. Snyder were recently recognized in the 2017 edition of IP Stars, produced by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. IP Stars uses client and peer feedback to analyze and identify the leading IP firms and attorneys in all 50 states and Washington D.C. to provide deeper insights to the complex U.S. IP legal market for in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies. Epting was selected as a "Patent Star" and a "Trademark Star" in South Carolina. Snyder was selected as a "Patent Star" in North Carolina.

At Smith Moore Leatherwood, Epting is the practice area leader of the firm's business group. His primary focuses include intellectual property, patents, trademarks and copyrights, technology, and corporate and business transactions. He has been listed to The Best Lawyers in America®(Woodward/White, Inc.) for copyright law and intellectual property litigation (2014-2017), as well as Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite for intellectual property (2013-2016).

Epting graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University. He was formerly a patent examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He serves on the board of directors for the Kiwanis Club of Greenville and on the advisory board for Clement’s Kindness. Epting is a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Snyder is a member of the firm's Cybersecurity & Data Breach and Intellectual Property teams and leverages his industry experience as a network engineer to assist clients with cybersecurity and data breach issues. He is also is a registered patent attorney and technology counsel with a wide-ranging practice advising corporate clients on intricate legal issues with a focus on computer networking and mobile telecommunications. Steve serves as the firm's Chief Information Security Officer.

Prior to entering law school in 2000, Steve served as the Chief Technology Officer for an Internet startup in Boston, Massachusetts. He also spent time managing the information systems of an Alaskan insurance adjusting firm. Steve received his law degree, with honors, from New York University School of Law in 2003. He also received a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in engineering from Lehigh University.

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